On the way home tonight, I heard excerpts from a speech given by George W. Bush to the National Guard Association meeting in Las Vegas. I've been trying to refrain from overtly political posts on this blog, but the statements I heard tonight just pushed me over the edge.
I heard our president say "What's critical is that the president of the United States speak clearly and consistently at this time of great threat in our world, and not change positions because of expediency or pressure" and I remember his earlier statement that "I don't think you can win" the war on terror and his later "clarification" that "we are winning and we will win" and I wonder whether this demonstrates the clarity and consistency that is so critical for a president.
I heard our president say "Nineteen individuals have served both in the National Guard and as president of the United States and I'm proud to be one of them" and I wonder what definition of "service" is intended in this statement, given the many questions about how he spent his time in the Texas Air National Guard (perhaps he equates "service" with "honorable discharge").
I heard our president say "You are fighting terrorist enemies in Iraq, Afghanistan, and across the globe, so we do not have to face them here at home" and I wonder how he felt during the Vietnam War about fighting enemies in Vietnam as opposed to, well, staying here at home.
I wonder how members of the National Guard units who have recently served overseas in extended deployments feel about the service record of our president. I know it doesn't inspire my confidence.